Travel theme: Centre

I don’t take too many photos where the subject is dead centre, but occasionally, it works, like this one of the calyx of a startlingly white poppy in West Seattle.

white poppy floral macro closeup

But as I said, I don’t take many shots like that, so here are a few variations on the ‘centre’ theme. Still in Seattle, this time in the Fremont neighbourhood, the signpost marking the so-called ‘Center of the Universe’.

fremont seattle center centre of the universe signpost travel

Switching coasts to NYC, the fountain at the centre of Columbus Circle.

summer fountain columbus circle new york

Another Big Apple fountain, this time the one outside of Lincoln Center; the perfect spot to laze and people watch on a hot summer evening.

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Last one,  a lonely yellow tulip in a field of red, at the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival.

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Are you ready to take centre stage with your interpretation of this week’s theme? If you would like to join in (everyone’s welcome!) here’s what to do:

  • Create your own post and title it Travel theme: Centre
  • Include a link to this page in your post so others can find it too
  • Get your post in by next Thursday, as the new travel theme comes out on Friday
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xxx Ailsa

I want to stand as close to the edge as I can without going over. Out on the edge you see all the kinds of things you can’t see from the center. – Kurt Vonnegut

In less than a hundred years, we have found a new way to think of ourselves. From sitting at the centre of the universe, we now find ourselves orbiting an average-sized sun, which is just one of millions of stars in our own Milky Way galaxy. – Stephen Hawking

At the centre of your being you have the answer; you know who you are and you know what you want. – Lao Tzu

About ailsapm

Hi there! I’m Ailsa Prideaux-Mooney. I’ve lived in many places, and travelled to many more. I had a lot of fun getting there and being there, wherever there happened to be at the time. I climbed a castle wall in Czesky Krumlov, abseiled down cliffs to go caving in the west of Ireland, slept on the beach in Paros, got chased by a swarm of bees in Vourvourou (ok that wasn’t fun, but it was exciting), learned flower arranging in Tokyo, found myself in the middle of a riot in Seoul, learned to snowboard in Salzburg, got lost in a labyrinth in Budapest and had my ice cream stolen by a gull in Cornwall. And I’m just getting started. If you’ve enjoyed what you’ve read so far, I’d love you to follow my travelogue - - and remember, anyone who tries to tell you it’s a small world hasn’t tried to see it all.
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108 Responses to Travel theme: Centre

  1. Just Jude says:

    This is a wonderful post. Great photography and love your descriptions.

  2. Sue says:

    Love your takes on ‘centre’ Ailsa….wonder what I can come up with…

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  5. Leya says:

    Well, this wasn’t easy, Ailsa…love your takes and recognize some maical ones as well. here’s mine

  6. Ben says:

    Well aside from that phonetically misspelled cen-tra, a nice topic. I’m particularly fond of that single yellow tulip.

    My entry come from Brunei, where I visited for the first time this week.

    • ailsapm says:

      Haha, I went back and forth deciding whether to go with the US ‘center’ or British ‘centre’ but decided to stick with the one I grew up with. 🙂 Gorgeous photo, Ben, the street glinting almost makes it look like the road to Oz.

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  9. Wonderful images, Ailsa. I love the lone yellow tulip. 🙂

  10. vannillarock says:

    love them all Ailsa, but that silhouette in particular is a wow!

    • ailsapm says:

      I was on my way home from a show at Lincoln Center one sweltering summer evening, Anne, and the crowds around the fountain just caught my imagination, with those amazing towers of water as a backdrop. I spent at least a couple of hours taking shots. 🙂

      • vannillarock says:

        Brilliant! And I know the feeling -500 or more shots reduced to a brilliant few. Thank goodness for digital. I do love your travel theme, Ailsa, even though I don’t always have time to participate.

  11. klara says:

    lovely photos as usual Ailsa. the silhouette is magical.
    here is my centre:

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  13. ledrakenoir says:

    Very well captured… 🙂

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    • ailsapm says:

      Beautiful – I love that first shot of the Cloisters, when I visited they were doing major construction so the gardens were all closed off, so lovely to see your photos. Me gusta mucho. xxx Ailsa

      • The cloisters were so beautiful when we were there.
        Few people said when visiting NY this museum. I had in mind before starting the trip and we were not disappointed . Surely if I return to the city I love to visit again as the area in which it is built is a beautiful park .
        Ailsa thank you very much , glad you like it .

  15. Lovely photos. Will post tomorrow.

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  17. Pat says:

    I had fun with this one. I especially like your yellow tulip in the centre, Ailsa.

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  21. Love the pattern on your last photo. Here’s my contribution 🙂

  22. Heyjude says:

    One that requires some thought this week… I particularly like the silhouette. Shall see what I can do!

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  26. The poppy looks like a work of art, Ailsa. Beautiful. And I love the photo with the silhouette of the people.
    Here’s my contribution:
    Have a lovely weekend, dear.

  27. aj vosse says:

    I’m wondering if I shouldn’t be myself and be a little left of center on this one?? 🙄

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  31. Thanks for the challenge, and great photos this week. Here’s my take on it:

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